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‘Stop calling yourselves the VI; We are the VI!’ – Donald E. de Castro

-He walked out of press conference in protest to continued reference to the Territory as ‘BVI’
October 21st, 2014 | Tags: Donald E. de Castro USVI VI press conference protest
Popular talk show host Mr Donald E. de Castro staged a protest by angrily walking out of the press conference hosted by Democratic Candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor of the United States Virgin Islands Honourable Donna M. Christensen and Basil C. Ottley Jr. and held at Maria’s By The Sea yesterday October 20, 2014. Photo: VINO
According to Mr Julio 'Sam' Henry while he understood where Mr de Castro was coming from there need not be an issue with the Territory being called BVI as it is well rooted in the names of many government and non-governmental arms of the Territory. He and others in the room referred to name such as BVI Electricity Corporation, BVI Tourist Board, BVI Cancer Society, BVI Health Services Authority, BVI Athletic Association just to name a few. Photo: VINO
According to Mr Julio 'Sam' Henry while he understood where Mr de Castro was coming from there need not be an issue with the Territory being called BVI as it is well rooted in the names of many government and non-governmental arms of the Territory. He and others in the room referred to name such as BVI Electricity Corporation, BVI Tourist Board, BVI Cancer Society, BVI Health Services Authority, BVI Athletic Association just to name a few. Photo: VINO
Mr de Castro’s contention was that on numerous occasions, the most recent being in 2008, he had written to several governing bodies of the United States Virgin Islands including Hon Christensen calling on them to stop referring to their Territory as the Virgin Islands and to this Territory as the British Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Mr de Castro’s contention was that on numerous occasions, the most recent being in 2008, he had written to several governing bodies of the United States Virgin Islands including Hon Christensen calling on them to stop referring to their Territory as the Virgin Islands and to this Territory as the British Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Popular talk show host Mr Donald E. de Castro staged a protest by angrily walking out of the Democratic Candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor of the United States Virgin Islands Honourable Donna M. Christensen and Basil C. Ottley Jr.’s press conference held at Maria’s By The Sea yesterday October 20, 2014.

Mr de Castro’s contention was that on numerous occasions, the most recent being in 2008, he had written to several governing bodies of the United States Virgin Islands including Hon Christensen calling on them to stop referring to their Territory as the Virgin Islands and to this Territory as the British Virgin Islands.

He handed Hon Christensen a copy of his correspondence that he had sent her some years ago to which he had never received a reply.

However as the media proceeded to throw questions to the USVI Democratic candidates and this Territory was referred to as the ‘BVI’ in a question Mr. de Castro jumped out of his seat and in a very angry tone said, “You have no respect for our Territory’s name, I will not condone this, you have no respect,” as he angrily marched out of the room after handing Hon Christensen a copy of his old letter to her which she said she did not recall ever seeing before.

But Mr de Castro’s actions and approach to his personal debate were seen as unfounded in the given circumstances as the terms BVI, USVI and VI continued throughout the press conference. “We are the British Virgin Islands,” said another talk show host in the person of Mr Julio ‘Sam’ Henry of the television talk show ‘Speak Your Mind’.

According to Mr Henry while he understood where Mr de Castro was coming from there need not be an issue with the Territory being called BVI as it is well rooted in the names of many government and non-governmental arms of the Territory. He and others in the room referred to name such as BVI Electricity Corporation, BVI Tourist Board, BVI Cancer Society, BVI Health Services Authority, BVI Athletic Association just to name a few.

76 Responses to “‘Stop calling yourselves the VI; We are the VI!’ – Donald E. de Castro”

  • D (21/10/2014, 08:43) Like (16) Dislike (25) Reply
    This is pointless. It just an abbreviation. What is the problem?
    • l (21/10/2014, 09:46) Like (37) Dislike (9) Reply
      An abbreviation of what? The abbreviation should be V.I. We are the Virgin Islands.
      • Really? (21/10/2014, 10:18) Like (24) Dislike (62) Reply
        You are the British Virgin Islands NOT the Virgin Islands alone! You all like to leave the'British' part out because you don't want to be seen to be associated with the British people, in particular the white British. There is a local 'author' here in the BVI who leaves out the 'British' her in books, why? It is and always will be the British Virgin Islands! The Queen hasn't changed it, the BVI is still hers.
        • To Really (21/10/2014, 11:45) Like (43) Dislike (3) Reply
          Our law books, or passport everything dictates the Virgin Islands not British Virgin Islands. The British Virgin Islands came about because when you refer to the Virgin Islands persons automatically would think USVI hence correcting persons and stating British Virgin Islands. Yes we are British, but the Queen has never named us British Virgin Islands. Its always been Virgin Islands.
          • virgin islands Terrirory (22/10/2014, 19:15) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
            A LOT OF PEOPLE DONT SEE AND WILL NEVER SEE WHAT MR. DE CASTRO IS FIGHTING FOR. PEOPLE WAKE UP, OUR COUNTRY HISTORY AND ROOTS IS DISAPPEARING. UP TO THIS DAY PEOPLE STILL DONT KNOW THAT OUR NAME IS ...
        • FYI (21/10/2014, 12:07) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
          The official name of this Territory is the Virgin Islands.
          • cay (21/10/2014, 19:03) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
            Who cares living here under the nod is he'll on earth for most regardless of name
        • thomas (21/10/2014, 14:14) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
          To really: That is complete ignorance! I won't blame you it isn't your fault. It has nothing to do with ethnicity and/or colour, go educate yourself ! WE ARE AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
        • SMH (21/10/2014, 17:19) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
          This is not the point. I'm in America and I tell people I'm from the British Virgin Islands, and proud of it. But I don't see why the USVI have to call themselves the Virgin Islands, like they are the only VI. If that's the case they should refer to themselves as the United States Virgin Islands ... He is correct we are all from the Virgin Islands.
        • Boo (22/10/2014, 21:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          British Virgin Islands is a marketing gimmick of the Tourist Board to differentiate from the U.S. territory. The legal constitutional name of this Territory is The Virgin Islands. It says so on all legal documents of the Territory. It has nothing to do with any feelings or associations. That's what the Territory is called.
        • VI 2 De Bones (28/10/2014, 15:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          While I hate to voice anything Donald De say due to 80% of it is normally rubbish, I have to agree with him on this one. We are and forever will be the V.I. It is on our passport and drivers licences. The problem we are facing is the USVI has already stolen our branding making it hard for people to distinguish which one of the islands in the Virgin Island are you referring to? Even on labor day you see caps mark VI on them but branded with the USVI flag. Imagine PR benefits from our name at times. It is not an easy fix.
  • zzzzzzzzzz (21/10/2014, 08:45) Like (17) Dislike (9) Reply
    was this another circus show? How embarrassing.
  • upBVI (21/10/2014, 09:11) Like (28) Dislike (6) Reply
    JW why you invited that idiot to the next governor of the VI press conference?
    • who to blame (21/10/2014, 18:42) Like (18) Dislike (16) Reply
      She cant win my boy map and potter, potter grow up in the real Virgin Islands, then to make it worse she link up with the likes of JW what a thing to tell the king none to say dog come out !
      • @ who to blame (21/10/2014, 21:39) Like (15) Dislike (10) Reply
        dem say map is a leftist just like the ball head man who wrote tis blog hahahaha
      • SMH (21/10/2014, 21:51) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
        Jealousy is going hurt, kill and give some of you belly/runs...back off the BVI prince and royalty JW, whatever he puts his hands too it turns to goal and that is a fact!! BAM BAM BAM
  • Waste time (21/10/2014, 09:15) Like (26) Dislike (8) Reply
    Stop wasting the public 's time on this foolishness Donald- the country has moved past this- more demanding matters need to be addressed-
    • billyb (21/10/2014, 10:44) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
      @waste time

      Not only wasting time on this foolishness.....but he gonna wuk and wuk until he frig up the whole relationship between St. Thomas and Tortola. He need to go sit down wid he stupidness. I don't say he don't have a point. But my goodness, he taking this thing to far.

      DONALD, WE GET THE POINT, NOW SIT YOUR A$$ DOWN. YOU DUN MANAGE TO TAKE THE "BRITISH" OUT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, WHAT THE "f" MORE YOU WANT?????????????
  • vi (21/10/2014, 09:17) Like (25) Dislike (10) Reply
    Mr. De Castro is right and all does agencies and NGO with BVI at the start of their name name to change it to VI.
  • 1 (21/10/2014, 09:32) Like (13) Dislike (16) Reply
    we are one virgin islands One Love !
    • money (27/10/2014, 16:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If they take the U. S. dollar out of your country like you want the U.S. off the vigin islands what would make of you. Im shure he doesn't fell so hurt when he's spending that U.S. dollar.
  • sides (21/10/2014, 09:38) Like (18) Dislike (5) Reply
    Here is what is imPOTANT Decastro...the high crime in the BVI, the unemployment and the corruption. The BVI and USVI name issue should be declared persona non grata!
  • Watchin on.. (21/10/2014, 09:52) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Lol..this dude goin give himself a heart attack. Calmmmm downnnn..when the other important issues are dealt with, we will talk about what we will call our islands lol. wellsah
  • l (21/10/2014, 09:54) Like (36) Dislike (3) Reply
    It is about time we stop sucking up to the United States Virgin Islands and use our correct name. It is a shame that most of our younger generation don't know our correct name. It is disrespectful during basketball tournaments when our team has uniforms makred British Virgin Islands and the USVI has Virgin Islands on their uniforms. Some people say it is just a name, but it is more than just a name. There might be some major problems down the road.
    • Peng (21/10/2014, 11:50) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      it is disgusting but guess what this matter should have been voiced ages ago, when it first began and would have been addressed by the british and the Americans, however whoever had responsible back then including the same Donald de Castro who fussing now should have made it his duty then to do something about it then not now. Through Our silence it has been recognized by the world that we are the BVI and they are the USVI, no use crying over spilt milk dont think its gonna change anytime soon!!!
  • Clueless (21/10/2014, 10:06) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    I don't know the fullness behind his reasons for insisting we be called the vi in apposed to bvi but their is a reason usvi is now consistently referring to themselves as the vi and that reason is tourism it puts them in front from a tourism point of view when tourist Google virgin island now St Thomas St John St Croix pops up first and foremost. Me personal have no problem if it stayed as it use to be one VI which contains usvi and bvi in oppose to the us solely taking that title VI
  • farmer brown (21/10/2014, 10:09) Like (10) Dislike (14) Reply
    This man is nothing but trouble. Him need to 'gway"..and mind him own bizness. (Hiss Teeth)
    • mate (21/10/2014, 10:35) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
      Clearly, you have nothing to offer farmer brown - he does! crawl back under your rock.
      Like someone said above, I would invite Mr.DeCastro or rather, this paper to publish his argument if it has not already done so. We would like to know exactly what his contention is.
      • Donald E. de Castro (22/10/2014, 12:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ Mate. The originally article was written on May 21, 2007 and was published in the Island Sun, Beacon, St. Thomas Daily News and a newspaper published in St. Kitts & Nevis. It was also published here by the only online service at the time, BVI Newsonline. If you or anyone would like to see the original article and and the comments at that time feel free to contact me at donald.decastro@gmail.com. It was after that article it was brought to my attention that at a delegation from the Virgin Islands confronted the delegation from the USVI at a Caribbean Tourist board Meeting in Jamaica in the 1970s. The USVI delegation said that they well not stop and when the delegation got back here, the leader of the delegation decide that he would put the word British in front of our name. He was advised not to do it as one day it will come back to haunt us and be costly regain our name. We are now seeing the results of that warning.
  • JACK BE STILL (21/10/2014, 10:11) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    Donald De Castro I agree with you 100% we are the REAL VIRGINS
  • crucians (21/10/2014, 10:28) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Pah he tink he goin' wid dah?
  • Go Donald (21/10/2014, 10:32) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    lol people are always so caught up with the "bigger" issues when they dont even realise that the bigger issues stem from the very simple ones we over look. We fixing the bigger issue before we can fix the little issue is like a child trying to run before it can crawl.
  • Virgin Islands Br (21/10/2014, 10:33) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    STT,STX,STJ and water island they a the Danish West Indies
    • Well Sah (21/10/2014, 16:24) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Tortola, Anegada, Jos Van Dyke= British West Indies. you forgot that the we once part of the federal with St Kitts and Antigua?
  • Not from Here (21/10/2014, 10:34) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all better hope that they don’t ever say “well this VI and BVI thing confusing tourists, so BVI should be called British Islands form now on to avoid confusion”
    If this is no big deal and is so unimportant why hasn’t the USVI stopped referring to themselves as THE VI?
    That name is a BRAND, every other V.I will appear to be 2nd hand copy.
    It’s a shame that you (B)VIslanders don’t see how important this is to your islands. Someone has taken your name and renamed you.
    But y’all never wake up until it’s too late.
  • Yawn... (21/10/2014, 11:25) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    Can someone please bring me a bucket of original drumsticks and wings and two biscuits from KFC.
  • He is Right (21/10/2014, 11:57) Like (58) Dislike (1) Reply
    The U.S.V.I. was formally named the Danish West Indies, while this territory was named Virgin Islands. It wasn't until the sale of the Danish West Indies from Denmark to the United States in the early 20th century that they renamed themselves the United States Virgin Islands. This was done in an effort to draw a difference between themselves and this territory (Virgin Islands).

    Over time as both territories began to deveolop it's tourism product. The United States Virgin Islands started to reference themselves as the Virgin Islands and also began naming their governing bodies as Virgin Islands Police Department, Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue etc. whilst at the same time began to label this territory as the British Virgin Islands, a strategic move that unknowingly our leaders also indirectly began to address ourselves and label our government bodies the as B.V.I.A.A, B.V.I.E.C ect.

    However the fact remains that our constitution is called the Virgin Islands Constitution. There is no official declaration that states this territory was ever named, or has had it's name changed to or should be referenced as British Virgin Islands. For the U.S.V.I. to market themselves as the Virgin Islands without consequence or uproar from this territory is brilliant for them, but detrimental for us.

    Imagine starting a computer software buisness in the United States and trying to name it Microsoft, or Apple. It's as simple as that. Hats off to you Mr. Decastro for not forgetting about this issue, that although people may see as trivial, is indeed incredibly important to our identity as a territory to ourselves and the rest of the world.
    • Scary Mary (21/10/2014, 13:52) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      And if Mr. DeCastro had it within himself to put his argument as eloquently as you just have, perhaps people might listen to him.

      Being angry, confrontational and offensive leaves people shell shocked rather than open to suggestion. It takes honey to attract bees Donald.
      • Yes, indeed (21/10/2014, 15:24) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        Scary Mary, you are also right. Donald's approach needs work; and truly, this issue can afford to take a back seat for now relative to all the other issues currently at the fore.

        Additionally, has Donald never considered that another solution to USVI simply refraining from using our name, The Virgin Islands (which would make the true abbreviation TVI not VI), is to simply have us Officially Rename & Re-brand ourselves British Virgin Islands or any other such name as approved by Her Majesty, the Queen and her governing Officials?

        I think the better thing to do is simply make it BVI/British... the official name if our constitution allows it; right down to a whole new or updated flag and coat of arms. And why not? We did recently change our Territorial/Cultural Wear and create a Territorial Song to foster and spread national pride, after all.

        Virgin Islands/the Virgin Islands doesn't quite have the same ring as British Virgin Islands to me. BVI... it has such potential - WE have such potential... and if Tourist Board can truly find some talent and direction, if our people can keep our islands clean and natural, if our government can give up their corruption and greed, we can truly be a wondrous place for ourselves and for all the world to see and enjoy!
        • my 3 cents (22/10/2014, 03:46) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
          @ Yes, indeed, its 3:41 am in the morning I just wake up and read your comment and I just want to say you sound like a royal sk**t. I want to say so much other nice words to you but I going leave that there; If you don't have sensible things to say please don't come on these blogs talking nonsense. You really come on here an type that foolishness about "TVI" and rebranding ourself.... stuppsss a vex.... going back to sleep now!!
  • YES! (21/10/2014, 13:42) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now that's the truth right there. Educate them!
  • vi (21/10/2014, 13:48) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    This matter of name do not have to be discussed and we don't need to ask the USVI to do nothing, all we got to do is start using our currect name instead of BVI everything, we does wear-out BVI. If you know you name the Virgin Islands, use it.
  • Yes (21/10/2014, 14:25) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hey let's declare war on them to get our name back. Lol. Then we'd all be the US Virgin Islands, argument over
  • Bounty (21/10/2014, 14:27) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have a bigger problem with them calling themselves the Virgin Islands while calling us the BVI. If they were calling themselves the US Virgin Islands, and us the British Virgin Islands, then referring to both of us as Virgin Islands, then it would not have been much of an issue to me. But if you listen to them, they say the Virgin Islands and the BVI. That does not make sense!!! Our official/CONSTITUTIONAL name is the Virgin Islands!! How can you take a country's official name and put on your Uniform, tourism product, etc.?? I am sorry for those of you who don't see it as an issue. It is down right disrespectful to us as a country/territory. We are both the Virgin Islands yes, but I guess back then we were too small and unknown to stand up for our name, but I think we should at least try. Probably a little too late now, but try we should still. Agree with you 100% DeCastro. I respect Hon. Myron Walywn for using our correct name where ever he goes. Dr. Smith as leader needs to do the same. But everything out his mouth is BVI, BVI.
    • my 3 cents (22/10/2014, 03:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ bounty you take the words right out of my fingers! lol
    • my 3 cents (22/10/2014, 04:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @bounty boy I had to come back one more time to finish off with this wikipedia explains it best http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Islands.

      Read the what is says here is an excerpt "The official name of the British territory is the Virgin Islands, and the official name of the U.S. territory is the Virgin Islands of the United States. In practice, the two island groups are almost universally referred to as the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands."
  • Hmph (21/10/2014, 15:53) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Most of the BVI Government revenue comes from the BVI Financial Services Commission - www.bvifsc.vg

    Get back under your rock - the use of the word British is beneficial.
  • my 3 cents (21/10/2014, 16:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do agree that Mr. De Castro has a point. I have no objection to sharing the Virgin Islands name, where I have the issues is when the United States Virgin Islands is referred as the Virgin Islands (VI) and the British Virgin Island is the referred as the BVI.

    You can't just drop the US from the USVI and say they are the VI and then turn around and keep the B on the BVI. That makes no logical sense. We are all apart of the Virgin Islands; so refer to all the islands as the VIRGIN ISLANDS. The only time there should be a difference is when we need to be distinguished territory wise. Then we can use USVI or BVI.

    Side note if anyone disagrees with me; I would like them to send me a picture or link of a USVI passport that has the words Virgin Islands on it...... here is a link to a picture of my Virgin Islands passport that I get from the passport office in Tortola. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f1/BVIPassport.jpg
    • Bandit4true (21/10/2014, 16:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @my 3 cents
      The US Virgin Islands do not have any passport and you know that. Their passport will say the United States of America.
  • Bandit4true (21/10/2014, 16:34) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Because the US Virgin Islands has been in the tourist business long before the BVI even got into the tourist business on a large scale. It is the US Virgin islands that made the name Virgin Islands popular in the tourist market. Why do you think so many BVI islanders migrated to the US Virgin Islands to work in the hospitality industry because the BVI did not have one on a large scale. Go ahead and call yourself the Virgin Islands most people would just assume that you are part of the US Virgin Islands and they would get all of the credit for all of the promotions that are made from the BVI. No one out in the world will actually will know the difference but because the US Virgin islands is better known they will bet the credit.
    • SMH (22/10/2014, 00:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No offense but it works both ways. .. I know many USVIslanders who come to the BVI for work as well
  • .. (21/10/2014, 16:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Exactly... So does our drivers license. We are the Virgin Islands and should refer to ourselves as that, starting with the top, meaning government officials.
  • fish (21/10/2014, 19:08) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Much to do about nothing strupps
  • crucian (21/10/2014, 19:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We are ALL Virgin Islanders with a clear distinction of one being a territory of the United States and the other being a territory of the British Empire.

    To the person who stated the USVI is the Danish West Indies -- the United States purchased the three Virgins in 1917 and Transfer Day celebration which is held annually marks the event.

    The USA's official seal reflects the Virgin Islands of the United States.

    Personally, I love my family, friends and colleagues and this issue will never impact those relationships. Never have and never will.


    We are one people with very strong ties which will forever bind us.
  • SMH (21/10/2014, 20:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    While I agree that our official names should be swapped from BVI to VI, I disagree that VI should be used by word of mouth. If we began using VI in our government, we would have a sense of unity and no one would be taking our name cause the fact is we are all the VI, however... the concern about people being confused or not recognizing us is a huge problem as we still need some form of distinction. Being British from US is still very important. So why not use both? Nothing is wrong with our islanders making the distinction, but the government needs to create the unity.
  • Charles W T (21/10/2014, 21:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let’s get the lady elected and move on maybe we should call ourselves the Greater Virgin Islands
  • Me (21/10/2014, 22:31) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    When Columbus stumbled upon the group of islands he called them the Virgin Islands. There was no distinction between what we have today as US and British Virgin Islands. The Dutch settled in what we now called the BVI and changed the name from Virgin Islands; the Danes settled in what we now call the USVI and changed the name from Virgin Islands. Some time later Britain took the islands from the Dutch and renamed them the "Virgin Islands"; the US bought the Danish West Indies and renamed them the "Virgin Islands". As far as I am concerned both groups of islands have right to the name "Virgin Islands". Using British and US helps to differentiate between the two. There is one little island in the region that is owned by two different nations but they use the same name: St. Martin (French) and St. Maarten (Dutch) live in peace with the same name. Only difference is that the name is spelt based on the language of the mother country, but they mean the same thing if translated into English. We need to stop fussing over nonsense and live in peace.
  • .... (21/10/2014, 22:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    You know what's worse? When it has idiots from Tola/VG calling the USVI the Virgin Islands.
  • SMH (22/10/2014, 00:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    @BANDIT4TRUE

    THE WHOLE VIRGIN ISLANDS not just the USVI made the VI a tourist industry. You say most ppl in the work would assume BVIslanders are from USVI, let me educate you a little. Most people in the world don't even know the Virgin Islands exist that includes your mother land ppl in America. I have spoken to many Americans who think the Virgin Islands is some place off Africa or in Jamaica. I went to high school in Atl and they only acknowledge PR and Hawaii as being a party of the US. Truth be told it don't matter what side of the Virgin Islands anyone is from we are all looked at as one.
    • Bandit4true (22/10/2014, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @SMH
      If the entire Virgin Islands made the tourist industry as you have claimed. Why is it then, that so many people from Tortola back in the sixties migrated to St Thomas to work in the hotels. Back in the sixties who were the majority of taxi drivers in St Thomas? Tolians. If the BVI had a vibrant tourist industry back then many of those people would not have migrated to the St Thomas to seek employment. You can't educate me about anything. I live it, I saw and thats the facts. I don't care what Americans say I know the facts. And then again it's according to what type of Americans you speak to. By race or economics. Again I don't expect anything better look at where you went to school in Atlanta??? Most African Americans don't even know their back yard much less anywhere else.
  • roots (22/10/2014, 02:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Donald needs to go sit down. The whole region original name was the Virgins Islands. Through the many wars and land grabbing tactics of the Europeans the division was created. The English called the now BVI the Virgin Islands with the hope and aspiration to eventually own them all. That never happened and the US eventually end up owning the Danish West Indies part. This is nothing new to the Europeans and the English in particular. You see it in Africa a middle East with ill defined boundaries are the root cause of some of the ethnic wars we are now witnessing. Tell Donald to go to Europe and mail a letter to himself and just put Virgin Islands as the address and see when he will eventually reach him. I am sure the delegation from the USVI meant no disrespect. In science we have what we call the conventional flow of electricity. Because originally that was how scientist thought electricity flowed. Later when it was proven that electricity indeed flow in the other direction they did not throw away all the theories that were developed based on the original flow.
  • bad boy (22/10/2014, 06:27) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    This donkey again he got a sign next to his store why don't he pull it down what a joke
  • Edward (22/10/2014, 06:51) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    There are more comments on this subject than about the increasing and out of control crime problems of the territory. If the crime problem is not stopped, then it will be call the VI...Vacant Islands.
  • pat (22/10/2014, 09:56) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    weathermen call the region the Virgin Islands as a blanket ID. Two different governments run the different islands. There is North and South Dakota, North and South Carolina sometimes called the Dakotas and the Carolinas for regional identification, but have different state governments. I don't see them fighting to be all called Dakotas or Carolinas. BVI is a subsection of the bigger VI because of the different governments.
  • Well... (22/10/2014, 10:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I totally agree with Mr. De Castro. Facts are Facts! But, from my personal experience, through pageantry especially, it is very confusing for others. I feel like our official name should be the British Virgin Islands (since we are still under the Queen and that is already our unofficial name), and theirs the United States Virgin Islands, and when referring to us BOTH -- use the Virgin Islands. Because we are ONE. One family, one people, one body of water. Even though I think they only call themselves the Virgin Islands because of laziness. They just don’t want to say the whole United States part n it slowly became the norm.
  • pat (22/10/2014, 11:25) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mr. Willock I thought your company did a fabulous job with the Christensen/Ottely visit to the BVI, but next time screen who you invite to the events as it could cause all of us some embarrassment and could place unnecessary tension between the BVI and USVI. Just a word
  • i have a dream (22/10/2014, 12:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    we call it fredom of speech
  • persia (22/10/2014, 22:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This should open our eyes wide open to the harsh realities that lone wolf like Donald are a serious dangers; and, we'd be unwise to consider otherwise.
  • my 2 cents (26/10/2014, 00:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    perhaps the Caribs and Arawaks had a completely different name for these islands - I don't know: but when Columbus "discovered" them he named them the Virgin Islands. When the British came into possession of our islands they applied the name Virgin Islands to them. This has been the official name ever since. The other islands to the west and south the possessing Danes named the Danish West Indies. After the US bought the latter from the Danes, they named them the Virgin Islands (not without reason -that reason perhaps being because of their original name by Columbus). So both sets of islands is officially, and correctly called the Virgin Islands. The use of "B" before "VI" in our case and "VI" only in theirs likely stems from the US Islands trying to enhance and protect their tourism product and also to differentiate between us and them. Unfortunately we accepted this and wanted to differentiate between the two island groups likewise. I see nothing untoward with the official and/or unofficial use of BVI by us and USVI by them, but the reservation of VI by them and the relegation of BVI to us has its shortcomings. Perhaps a bigger problem in naming will present itself if and when we become independent. We certainly couldn't call ourselves Br. Virgin Islands any more. We would only be left with "Virgin Islands" or come up with a new name. Although unlikely, the USVI could face a similar situation.
    Perhaps we should be consideriing renaming both island groups based on their geographic positions relative to each other - us the Eastern Virgin Islands and them the Western Virgin Islands. With or without independence for either or both groups this might be the answer.
  • red (26/10/2014, 14:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ppl we need to know our history if our name is VI let it be known let the younger ones to come know it for ex. The VI white sheep was developed here in our VI not St. Criox VI let it be known.


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